Whew! Only 36 posts to choose from in this category. Should be easy… RIGHT. Here we go.
Max starts thing off with an analysis of an essay by one of his heroes, Robert Zubrin, president of the Mars Society. Zubrin's argument is for the potential of alcohol based fuels- not hydrogen- to replace our need for petroleum and solve a major foreign policy crisis in the process.To Max's shock and amazemen, the comments include a couple from Zubrin himself, who told him offline he'd found New Worlds by googling his name and ethanol. Cool.
This one is also from Max, but it's inspiration is pure Aldous, as is the quote "I certainly do feel like a ship-wrecked sailor reaching for the sky as the ship goes down" in what appears to be his first ever comment on New Worlds. The comment is as good or better than the post, of which I am truly proud.
Militant veggies- this one's for you. byronius with a brilliant rant against the carnivores.
Aldous's first post, and it's a doozy. Vamping off his personal experience with a summer heat wave in Pennsylvania, he goes on to lay out in stark terms the fate of humanity on our current path and the futility of the various ideas for a quick fix via alternative fuels. Dr. Feelgood is in the house!
Senrab's response to Aldous's post above. It's primarily a review of Thom Hartmann's book The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight which postulates that we're in hugely deep shit unless we start thinking like the ancients in terms of a sustanable approach to living. Senrab shreds this argument quite eloquently, and invites a spirited discussion- one of the best comment threads I've seen, including a beauty from the mysterious, here and gone Ophelia.
Aldous surfaces with another gem that sparks some of the best discussion on ecology since LROMT, above. In it, he introduces the field of study in which he is somewhat expert, ecopsychology, and applies it to the subject we've been ruminating upon passionately but without proper training. Blatantly unfair say I.